Pakistan has decided to start vaccinating children who are 12 years of age or older, the health officials announced on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar announced that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had decided to start inoculating children who are 12 years and older.
Asad took to Twitter to announce, “In today’s NCOC meeting decided to start vaccination of all 12 years and older. Special drive will be run for vaccination at schools to make it easier for children to be vaccinated.”
Moreover, According to NCOC statistics, the country administered 1,185,379 Covid-19 doses on September 30. So far, Pakistan has administered 82,820,350 doses.
The NCOC also warned, “Non-vaccinated people will be facing various restrictions from 1st Oct 21! Get yourself completely vaccinated immediately!”
Vaccinating children outweigh risks
All those citizen who are above 17, had been allowed to get vaccinated from 1st September. During a press conference, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, had announced that these adolescents would have to be fully vaccinated by Oct 15 in order to enter educational institutions.
The positivity ratio stands at 2.87 percent across the country and 3,649 patients are on critical care countrywide.
Furthermore, some of the guidelines announced by the NCOC earlier this month are:
- Immunocompromised individuals of 12 to 17 years will be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.
- Individuals will be required to produce medical documents as proof of being immunocompromised
- The general public age group for vaccination has been lowered to 17 years.
- The Pfizer vaccine will be administered to the under 18 years age group.
- For people below 18 years of age, a Child Registration Certificate (B-Form) number will be used for registration in the National Immunization Management System.